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Operation Write Home

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Military & Veterans Organizations, Veterans

Mission: Supporting our nation's armed forces by sending blank handmade greeting cards to write home on, as well as cards of gratitude to encourage them.

Results: Over a million cards sent for heroes to write home on!

Target demographics: Deployed service members

Direct beneficiaries per year: approx 1000 units receiving boxes every 5 weeks

Geographic areas served: Worldwide, wherever heroes are deployed

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Community Stories

138 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I like to make cards but my family only has so many birthdays, right. Once I heard about Operation Write Home, I knew it was a perfect match. My skills as a card maker have improved so much with all the help OWH provides through blogs, tutorials, videos and newsletters. The president is so fun and enthusiastic, you can't help but want to get involved. I could go on and on but it stops me from making cards!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer cardmaker for Operation Write Home since June 2010. I first read about it in a national magazine and immediately visited the website, where I was impressed with the enthusiastic, informative and welcoming spirit of OWH! Dedicated leader Sandy Allnock has guided and grown this nonprofit into a national team and community of cardmakers. I am so proud to do my own small part for this fantastic organization, which enables our troops to stay in personal touch with their loved ones through beautifully crafted cards. And I mean BEAUTIFUL. I had no idea the extent of the world of cardmaking and the beauty that is created. It has changed my life and given me a new purpose and creative outlet to support this most worthy cause, where every single lovingly crafted card makes a difference!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I read about OWH in a magazine and immediately visited the OWH website. I was immediately impressed by the organization's website! It is a lively, informative and welcoming community, led by the dedicated and talented Sandy Allnock. I said to myself, "I could do this!" That was in June 2010 and I've been making cards for OWH ever since. I am always learning new creative techniques and amazed by the talented and hardworking volunteers across America! I am proud to be an OWH volunteer and happy that the work we do directly shows our soldiers and their loved ones that they are appreciated and honored.

2 C Lyons L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been making cards for OWH for almost a year now. We receive constant feedback in terms of thank you notes from soldiers and their families that are posted on the OWH blogs and Facebook page - so we know we are making a true impact! The President of this organization donates her time in copious amounts to provide videos, vlogs, blog postings and advice to help crafters learn more about how to improve their skills and provide cards that the soldiers and their recipients will truly value. It is a community that works hard to be positive, non-partisan, instructive and inspirational!

1 Ginny Q.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found OWH through a crafting blog - I've already sent over 200 cards to my shipper that will be sent from an American hero back home to his /her family. it's an honor to be a small part of this phenomenal project- I'm amazed by all the hard work all the volunteers do to help our soldiers send their love back home -

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We are blessed to have such brave men and women serve in our military. Making handmade greeting cards is one way I can show my gratitude for their service. Operation Write Home provides a way to coordinate our efforts. The commitment that each volunteer has for this organization should be commended and recognized with this award!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Operation Write Home changes the lives of our Service Men and Women in combat. The lovingly made, beautifully crafted greeting cards made by volunteers come into the hands of the soldiers who want something special to write home on. The "Heros" still want to wish their Mothers a Happy Mother's Day and their children a Happy Birthday. They deserve a special card that will brighten the day of their loved ones. They normally have little to nothing to select in the way of greeting cards to send home so Operation Write Home is a Godsend. Their families are so grateful for the beautiful cards that are hand selected by their "Heros". The organization continually strives to improve the quality of the greeting cards sent by the volunteers by way of instructional videos and weekly vlogs. Volunteers also send letters of gratitude to ensure our Heros know they are thought of and appreciated. Volunteers send money for shipping. Volunteers "triage" cards that fall apart before reaching their destination and lovingly put them together again. Operation Write Home receives fund for envelopes to use on cards of volunteers who cannot afford to supply envelopes with their donated cards. Volunteers match up cards with envelopes when needed before shipping them overseas. The President of the company, Sandy Allnock is generous, committed and dedicated to providing the highest quality greeting cards for our Heros. Our Heros only deserve the best.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been making cards for Operation Write Home since 2009. We make cards for troops to write in to send home to their friends and loved ones. We also send "Hero Mail," cards, letters and kids' pictures thanking our Heroes for their service. These letters are given to troops who don't get much mail, or who are going through a particularly bad time. The driving force behind this organization is a group of dedicated people lead by Sandy Allnock. The tone is set by this group - there's no politics, no negativity - it's all about helping our troops. They work tirelessly, shipping, creating samples, tutorials, sketches, post to Facebook and Twitter, film videos, weekly tv shows, blogs and vlogs. In most organizations, it would take a small army to accomplish so much.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started making cards for Operation Write Home in 2009. It quickly became a passion for me. We send hand-made cards to deployed troops for all branches of the service. The organization is incredibly motivating. I learned everything I needed to know from the website. There's a Facebook page where they post notes from troops and family members. There are tutorials for new and experienced cardmakers alike. We also send "hero mail," which are cards, coloring pages, notes, etc. written to any hero. They are given to troops who do note receive much mail, or who are going through a bad time. I've been able to teach card classes at work since August of 2010, and have many happy supporters there.

2 Kim_45

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I feel honored to be a part of OWH. We make cards for deployed soldiers to send home to their loved ones. OWH gets a FIVE STAR rating!!! :)

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Although I don't support the wars we are currently fighting abroad, I do support the heroes who are there to keep us safe. Making cards for them makes me feel that in some small way I can let them know that their sacrifices are appreciated.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Through Operation Write Home I can touch the lives of our heroes and their families in a meaningful way. I have a niece whose husband has been deployed multiple times and that is so hard on her and their three children. One card that I make will encourage a hero to write to his loved ones and the homemade card may be kept as a reminder of that connection. This is also a reliable organization that is upfront with what they do and there is constant connection with the volunteers through Facebook, blogs, and OWHtv.

2 Linda121

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Servicemen and women have enough stuff to worry about. Keeping in touch with their families/friends needs to be a welcome release, not another effort. Having cards readily available helps. Thanks OWH!

1 Susan137

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been making cards for Operation Write Home for almost a year now. It is a blessing to me to be able to serve and honor our deployed troops by making cards for them to write home on. There is a positive impact on everyone involved; those of us who make cards, the troops that can write a hand written card to their family and friends, as well as the people here in the US that receive cards from their loved one so far away. Thanks to the team at OWH for all their hard work!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Making cards for the men and women who are keeping our country safe will be one of my greatest pleasures. These people do not have access to cards and this wonderful organization makes it possible for them to pick and send a homemade card to their loved ones, be it a holiday, seasonal, birthday, or thinking of you cards. Just thinking of the loved ones getting these cards from their son or daughter, Mom or Dad, or special others makes me want to try and make the best cards I can. I am new at this but will improve. Operation Write Home is a wonderful non profit where good will is spread throughout our country.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have found the love of making cards but I don't have enough family and freinds so donating them to Operation Write Home is a wonderful way to make someone else smile. They take hand made cards and send them to people, military and non military, who are deployed over seas so they have something nice to write home on. it is a small thing we do to bring a smile to somone who has made a big sacrifice for us. OWH gives tips and ideas to help keep the cards coming.

1 Kathy68

Volunteer

Rating: 5

There just a aren't enough words to describe what a wonderful organization this is ... and how they inspire me. I LOVE making cards for our deployed military personnel to send home. Great to be able to give them a "helping hand" to keep in touch with the folks back home.

1 Charne S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently learned how to make greeting cards and because there are only so many cards you can make to send to family and friends, I came across Operation Write Home on the internet. This organization supplies handmade greeting cards, made by volunteers, to service men and women across the branches of military to send home to their family and loved ones. For me this is a win/win situation. I get to exercise my creativity and help military men and women. When OWH shares thank you letters written by the recipients of the cards, I know that I'm doing a wonderful thing. OWH guides us through the process with tutorials and the service members also look forward to receiving our cards. This a very worthwhile organization and I'm very proud to be part of it.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I discovered Operation Write Home on the internet and thought this was a great idea to give back to the service men and women who protect our country. OWH is well organized and encouraging to its volunteers. I love hearing from the service men/women and their families about their experiences sending/receiving our cards. Not only am I helping OWH but I have an opportunity to be creative. It's a win/win situation. Thank you OWH for all that you do.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This group inspires people to make cards to send to troops overseas so they can have handmade cards to mail home to their loved ones. The thank you letters from the heroes and their families are so heart warming. Operation Write Home also provides lots of tips for making sure our heroes get the best cards to send to their families and friends. I have enjoyed volunteering with this group and hope that you will try it too.

1 Kathy67

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Operation Write Home provides home made greeting cards for the deployed troops to send home to their families and friends. As a volunteer card maker I can be an active part of supporting the troops around the world. I provide a way to link them to their families every day, as well as expressing my creativity. Many letters come to OWH from service members saying what an important link these cards are to those back home. From it's inception in 2007 we have furnished 1.8 million cards to the troops.

1 Marie27

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is so important to the troops & their families. It lifts morale, brings a smile not only to the troops but to their friends & family as well when they recieve a hanmade card from their loved one. Given everything that our service men & women do for our country, this is one small way of giving back, of saying thanks & letting them know they're thought of & so appreciated.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Operation Write Home provides a wonderful service to our deployed men and women by supplying beautiful handmade cards to write home to their families with. These cards are cherished by the family members who are back at home missing their dad, mom, son, daughter or friend. At the same time, it is also the best resource to learn how to make great cards! I know my own skills have improved greatly since I started making cards for OWH.